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For the former hockey player, see Duncan MacPherson.
Duncan Macpherson
Needhams Inferno jacket.jpg
Jacket of best-selling Needham's Inferno (Macmillan of Canada, 1966), winner of the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour. Illustration by Duncan Macpherson.
Born Duncan Ian Macpherson
(1924-09-20)September 20, 1924
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died May 3, 1993(1993-05-03) (aged 68)
Beaverton, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Area(s) Cartoonist
Awards CM

Duncan Ian Macpherson, CM (September 20, 1924 in Toronto – May 3, 1993 in Beaverton, Ontario) was a Canadian editorial cartoonist. He drew for the Montreal Standard (starting 1948) and for Maclean's he illustrated the writings of Gregory Clark and Robert Thomas Allen. He is most famous for his work with the Toronto Star; from 1958 until 1993.[citation needed]

Timeline of important events[edit]

  • In 1941 Macpherson dropped out of high school at age of 17 to join the Royal Canadian Air Force and serve in World War II. While stationed in England, he began taking art classes, and also studied the cartoons of British cartoonist David Low.[citation needed]
  • He left the army 1946.
  • In 1947 with the death of his father he briefly takes over the family textile business.
  • In 1948 studies at the school of Boston Museum of Fine Art.
  • In 1948 he is working for Montreal Standard.
  • In 1950 he continued his course of study at the Ontario College of Art.[1]
  • In 1958 joins Toronto Star.
  • 1959 wins National Newspaper Award for Editorial Cartooning.
  • 1960 wins National Newspaper Award for Editorial Cartooning.
  • 1962 wins National Newspaper Award for Editorial Cartooning.
  • In 1965 exhibits his work at the Art Gallery of Toronto (later named the Art Gallery of Ontario).
  • 1965 wins National Newspaper Award for Editorial Cartooning.
  • 1970 wins National Newspaper Award for Editorial Cartooning.
  • 1972 wins National Newspaper Award for Editorial Cartooning.
  • In 1980 retires from the Toronto Star for the first time.
  • On April 25, 1993 Macpherson retires from the Star, and dies eight days later.[2]
  • Duncan Macpherson was well known for his ruthless style. Terry Mosher refers to him as the "king of the third wave." One of Macpherson's most celebrated cartoons featured John Diefenbaker as Marie Antoinette saying "Let them eat cake," after Diefenbaker cancelled the Avro Arrow project and its 14,000 jobs. Pierre Berton said this cartoon was "the beginning, I think, of the country's disillusionment with the Diefenbaker government...scarcely anybody had taken a crack at Diefenbaker until then."[3]

Awards and honours[edit]

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Catskill Daily Mail

Catskill Daily Mail
Tue, 26 Jan 2016 23:26:23 -0800

Board member Duncan Macpherson said that he had asked for the veterans' exemption to be included on the agenda because new board member Tracy Young had not had the opportunity to vote on it. Macpherson said that he has heard overwhelming ...

Otago Daily Times

Otago Daily Times
Tue, 26 Jan 2016 08:41:15 -0800

The Kaitangata Pistol Club hopes to rope in some new members with the completion of new clubrooms. Club president Duncan MacPherson said the old clubrooms were nothing more than a small shed. They had been replaced by a Skyline garage with ...


Sat, 28 Nov 2015 05:52:30 -0800

The town of Fort Smith, N.W.T., is mourning the loss of Duncan MacPherson, a.k.a Santa MacClaus, who died last week in Arizona doing what he loved most — working on his sleigh. MacPherson was a fixture in Fort Smith at Christmas time playing Santa, ...


Tue, 05 Jan 2016 10:23:58 -0800

Duncan Joseph MacPherson was born June 5, 1948, in Sydney, N.S., to Duncan Sr., a lumberman, and Alberta, a stay-at-home mom who also looked after his older sister, Marie, and two younger siblings, Judy and Michael. Growing up in Middle Cape, a rural ...


Tue, 15 May 2012 06:06:10 -0700

Lynda is the mother of Duncan MacPherson, the former No. 1 draft pick of the New York Islanders. Duncan was a rock-hard defenseman, and a great young man who played in Springfield for three years (1986-1989). It was not the first correspondence I have ...

Energy Voice

Energy Voice
Fri, 18 Dec 2015 06:49:08 -0800

A new energy-focused advisory company has been set up to support businesses in the UK and Norway. The company – Vinstra – has been formed by subsea sector veterans Duncan MacPherson and Ciaran O'Donnell bringing more than 30 years' of ...


Mon, 17 Nov 2014 07:56:15 -0800

A drug dealer who kept tens of thousands of pounds of cocaine and cannabis in his garden shed has been told he will "almost inevitably" be jailed. Duncan MacPherson's home in Larbert, Stirlingshire, was raided by police last year and drugs worth up to ...
Wed, 16 Dec 2015 00:26:15 -0800

Mosman cancels agreement for acquisition of South Taranaki Energy project Feb 2, 2016 Mosman Oil and Gas Limited declares an update on the proposed acquisition of the South Taranaki Energy Project in New Zealand from Origin Energy Limited and on ...

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